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More than 1,000 NYC airport workers are going on strike starting tonight

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Over 1,000 baggage handlers, security workers and wheelchair attendants that work at JFK and LaGuardia plan to go on strike tonight and tomorrow morning. 

Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union say that picketing will start at 10pm tonight at JFK and 6am tomorrow morning at LaGuardia. If you have a flight out of either of those airports around those times, you might want to check up on its status, its not currently clear how the demonstrations will affect flights. 

In a statement to Bloomberg, Delta said it "will be taking measures that our more than 35,000 customers booked through LaGuardia on Thursday are not affected."

Many of the workers involved in the strike are hoping for higher wages and benefits. At yesterday’s news conference, some said they made $10.10 an hour and want that raised to $15 an hour as well as the right to unionize.

UPDATE: The union has called off the planned strike.

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